Cyber Essentials Checklist and Certification with Vissensa

Our team of cyber essentials assessors will help your organisation achieve Cyber Essentials certification. Whether you are IT savvy or not at all, our team can help you through the entire cyber essentials checklist process. As a cyber essentials partner, Vissensa provides tools and resources to help businesses meet certification requirements.

What is Cyber Essentials?

It may be something you have heard of or seen on an organisation’s website or email footer, but what is Cyber Essentials?

It’s a baseline certification to help protect you and your organisation against cyber threats by implementing basic security controls that protect against common cyber attacks. It is a good first step on the way to being more cyber secure as it allows you to review your current infrastructure, build on documentation of the environment and submit it for review. The Cyber Essentials scheme is a UK government-backed framework supported by the NCSC. It can also help towards achieving Cyber Essentials PLUS, ISO 27001 and more.

Both certifications of Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus demonstrate that your organisation is taking cyber security seriously for both your business and clients. The areas covered within both cover access controls, firewalls, routers, malware protection, secure configuration, and software updates via a cyber essentials checklist.

Cyber Essentials is an independently verified self-assessment questionnaire completed either by an IT individual with a need to get all questions correct/compliant to obtain the certification.

The elevated Cyber Essentials Plus is the next step after achieving Cyber Essentials. It is an independent verification of everything that was claimed to be in place when completing Cyber Essentials through a remote or onsite audit. This extra level of scrutiny and review means that the Cyber Essentials Plus certification holds more weight with customers and partners.

Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials Explained

Cyber Essentials Certification

Why should you get Cyber Essentials?

  1. Reassurance – One of the main elements is the reassurance to customers that you are working to secure your IT infrastructure and processes against a Cyber Attack
  2. Free Cyber Insurance – get £25,000 of free cyber insurance with certification.
  3. Attractiveness – New prospects and partners may see the certification as a benefit as you take cyber security seriously. Demonstrating robust cyber security measures shows your commitment to protecting sensitive information.
  4. Clear Picture – It gives you a documented overview, although self-certified unless audited through Cyber Essentials Plus, and benchmarks the status of the current level of security across the organisation.
  5. Opportunities – Some government or customer contracts may require Cyber Essentials Certification, so achieving this allows you to put your business forward as an option.
  6. Complete Cyber Confidence – Achieving certification provides comprehensive protection and assurance to customers, delivering complete cyber confidence through robust security practices.

Cyber Essentials Certification Via Vissensa

Cyber Essentials Plus Certified

What is Cyber Essentials Plus and why did we go through this? Vissensa is Cyber Essentials Plus Certified meaning we have been through both the self-assessment and also audit process for our own cyber security processes and infrastructure.

Our experts understand the process of achieving the Cyber Essentials certification, which allows us to find security gaps or insights into what our customers or non-customers do well and areas that need improving to achieve a pass. This involves a comprehensive technical audit, including internal vulnerability scans, external vulnerability assessments, user testing, and evidencing multi-factor authentication on cloud services.

If areas of improvement need to be put in place our Cyber Essentials consultants can help propose options and also implement changes in order to be compliant – allowing a single point of contact to achieve certification.

So how much does Cyber Essentials Plus Cost? Find our pricing below.

Cyber Essentials Certification
Cyber Essentials Certification

Resolving The “Missing" Questions

After working through the initial self-assessment cyber essentials checklist, some organisations may have products/services not in place to be compliant with addressing common cyber threats – so the ability to both find a suitable service/product and also install/configure makes it difficult for many individuals without IT expertise.

As part of Vissensa’s service, we will include the scoping of what questions of the self-assessment can be completed and what elements need to be configured/installed/purchased in order to meet all other questions prior to submitting the self-assessment.

Vissensa can recommend products and services that need to be sourced, which can either be purchased and configured ourselves or sourced elsewhere – the choice is yours!

Cyber Essentials Consultancy or Go It Alone

If you feel you have the confidence to take your organisation through Cyber Essentials alone you can purchase the certification via Vissensa. However, Vissensa provides a Cyber Essentials Consultancy service through our Cyber Essentials Tool CyberSmart.

Vissensa’s consultancy service aims to deliver complete cyber confidence to their clients.

CyberSmart is the leading provider of Cyber Essentials Certification helping businesses get certified in 24 hours. They provide an easy-to-use tool when completing the questions required, but if further support is required Vissensa can be on hand to help assist and implement any changes needed – should the IT element prove difficult!

Cyber Essentials Certification
Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials vs Cyber Essentials Plus

Deciding which certification your business needs can seem like a tough decision to make, but in reality it couldn’t be simpler! When deciding between Cyber Essentials Vs. Cyber Essentials Plus, the main decision is based on how important cyber security is to your business.

While the standard qualification shows a level of understanding for the fundamentals of cyber security, Cyber essentials plus goes the extra mile, with the increased scope of the certification including an on-site inspection from a Cyber Essentials assessor.

Because of this, it holds more weight among customers and partners than the standard qualification and is an indicator that your organisation takes it’s cyber security practices seriously.

Vissensa’s team of Cyber Essentials assessors are flexible and can work with your business to achieve either certification. Get cyber essentials certified with Vissensa and ensure your business is protected and trusted by customers and partners.

Cyber Essentials Plus Checklist

Are you ready for Cyber Essentials Plus or even close enough to take this on as a project? To make sure you are not taking on a project that you are a long way away from passing, take a look at our Cyber Essentials Plus Checklist.

This checklist helps protect against the most common cyber attacks. If you are doing all these things then you are in a much better position to pass the assessment. If you feel you have a lot of work to do, have a chat with one of our consultants and we can help plan the road to certification.

Vissensa’s Cyber Essential Plus Checklist includes:

Cyber Essentials Plus Checklist

Up To Date Software

Keep your software up to date and don’t use unsupported software.

Cyber Essentials Checklist

Suitable Firewalls

Use suitable firewalls that are maintained and updated with controls regularly monitored.

Cyber Essentials Checklist

Exposed Services Security

Ensure exposed services are configured with strong passwords, using combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Cyber Essentials Plus Checklist

Regular Password Update

Regularly change passwords and require users to update passwords when accessing services.

Cyber Essentials Checklist

Patch Management

Ensure patch management processes are robust. (While software patches can fix security vulnerabilities and bugs, patching can sometimes introduce new vulnerabilities or compatibility issues. Missing patches for critical or security updates more than 14 days old will result in CE+ failure).

Cyber Essentials Plus Checklist

Software & Apps Up To Date

Ensure device software and applications are up-to-date, and devices are running the latest operating system.

Cyber Essentials Certification Cost

Pricing for Cyber Essentials can vary from size of your business and revenue, but can also be provided through a monthly or annual cost depending on what is suitable for your business.

The certification protects against the vast majority of common cyber attacks, providing peace of mind and protection against basic attacks.

With Vissensa’s bolt-on service for support, assistance and completion – you can be assured of passing Cyber Essentials both quickly and to be compliant.

Take the hassle away of answering or understanding difficult IT questions and allow Vissensa’s team of Cyber Essentials Assesors to take you through this process together.

Certification Only

  • Cyber Essentials Cost

£650

  • Cyber Essentials+ 1-9 Staff

£1099

  • Cyber Essentials+ 10-49 Staff

£1165

  • Cyber Essentials+ 50-99 Staff

£1450

Cyber Essentials Assisted

  • 1-15 Staff Certification & 2 Days Onsite Consultancy

£1650

  • 16-30 Staff Certification & 4 Days Onsite Consultancy

£2650

  • 30+ Staff Certification & Onsite Consultancy

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Cyber Essentials+ Assisted

  • 1-9 Staff Certification & 2 Days Onsite Consultancy

£2200

  • 10-30 Staff Certification & 4 Days Onsite Consultancy

£2850

  • 30+ Staff Certification & Onsite Consultancy

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Speak to the Vissensa Team about Cyber Essentials Certification

If you are looking to achieve the Cyber Essentials Certification the Vissensa team is here to provide advice and guidance and answer any questions you may have to get you the certification.

Our IT Consultants will work with you at any stage you require. Please complete this short form, and a member of the team will be in touch to have an informal chat.

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FAQ

What is Cyber Essentials?

It is a good first step on the way to being more cyber secure as it allows you to review your current infrastructure, build on documentation of the environment and submit it for review. It can also help towards achieving Cyber Essentials PLUS, ISO 27001 and more. Find Out More...

Where can I get Cyber Esentials Consultancy?

Vissensa provides a Cyber Essentials Consultancy service through our Cyber Essentials Tool CyberSmart.

CyberSmart is the leading provider of Cyber Essentials Certification helping businesses get certified in 24 hours. They provide an easy-to-use tool when completing the questions required, but if further support is required Vissensa can be on hand to help assist and implement any changes needed - should the IT element prove difficult! Find out more ...

What is on a Cyber Essentials Checklist?

For Cyber Essentials Plus we advise that your checklist should focus on up-to-date software, suitable firewalls, exposed security services, regular password updates, patch management and up-to-date software/ applications. Find out more ...

Where can I find Cyber Essential Checklist support?

Vissensa experts understand the process of achieving the Cyber Essentials certification, which allows us to find security gaps or insights into what our customers or non-customers do well and areas that need improving to achieve a pass.

If areas of improvement need to be put in place our Cyber Essentials consultants can help propose options and also implement changes in order to be compliant - allowing a single point of contact to achieve certification. Find out more ...